Business Analysis in an Agile World

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In this course, you will learn how to perform ‘just in time’, ‘just barely enough’ Business Analysis on an agile project in order to incrementally develop a comprehensive understanding of business goals and requirements. As you and your team work through a case study project, you’ll gain practical experience in how to leverage the BA function and toolkit to help teams overcome some of the most vexing issues that confront agile teams today, including: how to help business owners overcome ‘prioritization phobia’ by guiding them towards an MVP approach to development; how to track dependencies between requirements and development teams; how and when to unbundle epics into manageable User Stories; when to ‘bend’ agile principles; how to apply UML 2.0; how to coordinate development across multiple teams and how to manage supplementary requirements such as non-functional requirements and constraints. You will also learn when and how to create persistent requirements documentation for communication with non-agile teams and for use after the project is over.

Intended Audience

  • ​BAs and BSAs of all levels working on, or interested in working on, agile projects
  • Product Owners (POs) originating from the business side (Product Managers, SMEs) who need to acquire skills in agile requirements management in order to work effectively as POs
  • Proxy Product Owners originating from the IT side (BSAs, etc.) who need to acquire agile analysis skills
  • Product Managers, Program Managers who will be working on or with agile teams
  • Managers of BAs (PMs, BA Leads, etc.)
  • High-level executives

At Completion

This is a hands-on course on implementing the Business Analysis function on an agile project. Working through a case study, you’ll gain a practical understanding of where the Business Analysis function fits into agile and Scrum and the value Business Analysis brings to the team and the business.  You’ll learn how to use your BA skills to shepherd an initiative from the strategic business level down to the ‘weeds’ of requirements trawling and analysis while keeping the team focused on business value. By the end of this course, you’ll have gained practical experience applying the BA function over the course of an agile project using an approach that integrates the best agile Business Analysis practices from Scrum, Lean Startup, Extreme Programming (XP), UML 2.0 and Kanban with some of the most effective agile analysis tools developed in the field.



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Course Outline

Day 1

Lesson 1:  Overview of Agile Business Analysis

Lesson 2:  Release Plan Preparation: ‘Sprint Zero’ – A) Defining the Problem


Lesson 3:  Release Plan Preparation: ‘Sprint Zero’ B) Business Impact Analysis: Stakeholder Analysis, User Roles and Personas, MVP, Features

Lesson 4:  Release Plan Preparation: ‘Sprint Zero’ C) BA Tools for Decomposing Epics (Backlog Grooming)


Day 2

Lesson 5:  Release Plan Preparation: ‘Sprint Zero’ – D) Creating and Tracing Initial User Stories

Lesson 6:  Sprint n: Business Analysis During the Implementation Sprint


Lesson 7:  Sprint n: Analyzing business rules

Lesson 8:  BA role in Rolling Lookahead/Grooming; Sprint Review and Retrospective; Release Retrospective



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